EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A 76-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on fourth-and-one with 1:43 remaining gave the New York Giants a much-needed 27-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
A controversial pass interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, where he appeared to never touch Baltimore wide receiver Breshad Perriman while batting down a deep pass from Joe Flacco, helped the Ravens take a 23-20 lead.
The flag gave the Ravens 30 yards and a first-and-goal at the Giants’ 8-yard line with 2:23 to play. Had the flag not been thrown the Ravens would have faced fourth-and-four at the Giants’ 38-yard line.
The Ravens capitalized with a two-yard go-ahead touchdown run by Terrance West with 2:04 left in the game to game a 23-20 lead. That capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
The Giants responded with a fourth-down slant to Beckham ended the day with eight catches, a career-high 222 yards receiving and touchdowns of 66 and 75 yards despite leaving the game for part of the second period with a painful hip pointer.. This was the first 200-yard receiving game of Beckham’s career.
Manning passed for 403 yards, completing 32-of-46 passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions. This was the eighth 400-yard passing game of Manning’s career.
A roughing the passer penalty on Owamagbe Odighizuwa with 15 seconds to go after the Giants appeared to stop Baltimore on fourth down gave the Ravens a final opportunity from the Giants’ 24. Three incompletions, though, ended the game.
The Giants are 3-3.
“This was a must win. Maybe we didn’t say that too much, but it was,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said after the game in the Giants’ locker room. “Two and four, not a good look. Three and three, that’s manageable. We’d of dropped two at home if we’d of lost this one. That’s not cool at all.”
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Moments that mattered
Not a good start: After the Ravens drove for a field goal on their first possession, Odell Beckham fumbled on the Giants’ first offensive play. Baltimore recovered at the Giants’ 30-yard line. The Ravens went 30 yards in six plays, taking a 10-0 lead wth 6:42 left in the opening quarter on a 1-yard run by Terrance West.
Offense, anyone? The Giants finished the first quarter with 16 yards of total offense. They ran seven plays and did not get a first down.
Eli moving up: With three touchdown passes Eli Manning moved into seventh place in league history, passing John Elway, who had 300 career TD passes. Manning now has 302. He had touchdown passes Sunday of 24 yards to Roger Lewis and 66 and 75 yards to Beckham.
Opening drive of second half: Trailing 10-7, the Giants took the opening kickoff of the half all the way to the Ravens’ 1-yard line with first and goal before the drive stalled. a 21-yard Josh Brown field goal knotted the score, 10-10, with 9:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Giants could have, and probably should have, gotten more than field goal here.
Tavon Young picks Eli: Baltimore’s Tavon Young picked off Manning with 4:36 left in the third quarter and the game tied at 10. Manning lofted a pass for Sterling Shepard, who got tangled with Young and fell. Young’s interception gave the Ravens the ball at the Giants’ 27-yard line. A 39-yard Tucker field goal gave Baltimore a 13-10 lead with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
The big play ... finally: You knew it would come at some point, and with 2:22 left in the third quarter it. Manning hit Beckham on a deep ball for a 75-yard score that gave the Giants their first lead, 17-13. Beckham was 1-on-1 with reserve cornerback Will Davis on the play.
Goal line stand: Baltimore answered the Beckham with a 70-yard pass to Mike Wallace. A face mask penalty on Janoris Jenkins put the ball at the Giants’ 3-yard line, but the Giants held. With fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter, Jonathan Casillas dropped Terrance West for a one-yard loss, giving the Giants the ball.
Pass interference on DRC: A phantom pass interference call on Rodgers-Cromartie gave the Ravens first-and-goal at the Giants’ 8-yard line with 2:23 to play. The Ravens scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:04 left on a 2-yard run by Terrance West, giving the Ravens a 23-20 lead. The Giants overcame that, though, thanks to Manning and Beckham.
The Giants pack their bags for England as part of the NFL’s International Series. They will face the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham. Game time on the east coast will be 9:30 a.m., with the broadcast on NFL Network. This will be a Los Angeles home game.